At RSPCA Victoria, we rely on dedicated and compassionate volunteers to assist with many aspects of our operations - from lending a hand at one of our events to hands-on work caring for animals. Without the support of so many committed volunteers, we simply could not care for the thousands of animals that come into our care each year.
Some important information about becoming a volunteer:
The minimum age to volunteer is 15 years. We ask our volunteers to make a six month commitment to volunteering, often with four-hour shifts on a weekly or fortnightly basis.
Please note we are unable to provide work experience or offer any student placements.
We no longer hold regular information sessions for those wanting to volunteer, however a brief description of the types of roles we offer can be found below. We are so lucky to have so much interest in our volunteer positions, however this sometimes means demand for places can outweigh need.
Please read through the list of other volunteer opportunities we’re currently recruiting for and apply online if you see a role you’re interested in. If there isn’t a role currently that suits you, keep checking back in as needs and recruitment change daily!
Please note that Animal Care applications for our Burwood East shelter have now closed. Please check back in with us later on in the year.
Unable to volunteer? Go to our contact page and let us know!
About RSPCA Victoria
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Victoria) is a non-government, community-based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection.
RSPCA Victoria was established in Melbourne in 1871. Since this time, we have become Australia's leading animal welfare charity.
RSPCA Victoria is a member of RSPCA Australia (the federation of the eight state and territory RSPCAs in Australia). The RSPCA National Board consists of the Presidents of their nominees from each member Society, with the CEOs as advisors.
Across the state, the RSPCA Victoria's community services include the work undertaken by our Inspectorate, Animal Care Centres, Clinics and Education teams.
RSPCA Victoria operates Animal Care Centres across Victoria, providing refuge, care and new homes where possible to more than 20,000 animals every year.
Our team of RSPCA Inspectors works to protect animals from cruelty, receiving more than 12,000 complaints every year, prosecuting offenders and rescuing animals from dangerous situations.
Our Education team contributes to prevention strategies by influencing over 9,000 young people each year about the value and importance of animals in our lives.
RSPCA Victoria works to educate the community regarding animal welfare and works with government and industry to ensure the standard of animal welfare and care continues to improve.
As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on community support to carry out our work with more than 90% of our funding coming from the generous support of the Victorian community.